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More is Better with Fruits & Veggies

more is betterEat more fruits and veggies. Eat at least 5 servings a day. Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. You’ve heard it all before. You know that you and your family should eat more fruits and veggies and your intentions are good, but practical issues seem to always get in the way.  You need foods that are convenient and quick to prepare but you also need to feed picky eaters! 

What can you do? In honor of Fruits and Veggie Month in September, here is a quick guide to help you think “fruits & veggies” whether you’re at the store, in the car, entertaining, or making a grocery list! Check out these easy and doable ways to add MORE fruits and veggies to your day!

Think Fruits and Veggies, Everywhere!

  1. As you cruise the grocery aisles, remember all forms count. Pick up fruits and veggies throughout the store; it’s okay to grab canned and frozen.  Try dried as well!  And of course, 100%  juice.
  1. Getting more fruits and vegetables in at dinner doesn’t have to be a struggle. Hey, why not add fruits and vegetables to the meals you are already making? How smart!  Or, make a meal starring just fruits and vegetables.
  1. Eating on the go can feel chaotic, but it’s easy to include more fruits and vegetables away from home.  Check our easy to prepare ideas and tips to avoid last minute sugary, high-fat snacks and meals that can really slow you down.
  1. What better way to boost that brain power than to fuel those bodies with healthy fruits and veggies.  Here are a few tips to make your kids the envy of the lunchroom!
  1. Fruits and veggies don’t need to break the bank. Get smart!   It’s easy to include more without spending more. Remember, all forms count, so look for weekly specials throughout the store and try these other tips for including MORE.
  1. When you’re entertaining, or being entertained, it’s so easy to check those good habits at the door.  You look smart, why not act smart, too?  With a little creativity, your treats will be the talk of the town!

Information adapted from www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.